How to Stop Windows 10/11 from Closing Applications upon Sleep or Coming Out of Sleep Mode

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Several Windows 10/11 users report their laptops shutting down, rather than sleeping, upon closing the lid, leading to loss of unsaved work. The issue is causing significant frustration, with some considering leaving Windows altogether.

The issue of laptops shutting down instead of going to sleep was first reported in 2015 on Windows 8 devices. But it seems that the same fatal issue has made it to Windows 10/11, despite Microsoft’s promise that Windows 10/11 would be a better operating system.

Since most of the complaints about this issue are to be found in Microsoft’s and Windows forums, the solutions offered are, if anything, scanty and not well presented. This article summarizes some of the best solutions and also incorporates solutions from other Windows experts.

How to Fix the Windows 10/11 Closing Applications upon Sleep or Out Of Sleep Mode

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1. Install Display Drivers

Display drivers enable the communication between the OS, and the graphics architecture of your PC, and the display itself. When the drivers are misconfigured, corrupt, or outdated, they can cause all sorts of problem in a PC, including the unexpected shutting down of your laptop.

To update the display drivers of your PC, take the following steps:

  1. Right-click on the Windows Start menu and choose System.
  2. Under System, scroll to find your computer’s model information.
  3. Go to the manufacturer’s site and search for the latest display drivers. Download and install them on your computer.

If this procedure seems tedious, there is an easier way to update the drivers on your computer that you should try. Here is how:

  1. Type “device manager” on the Windows search box.
  2. From the list of devices that appear, click on Display adapters to reveal devices such as graphics card. Right-click on them and choose Update driver.

To be on the safe side, update all the drivers of your PC as this will boost the overall performance of your computer.

If you prefer an automatic method of updating drivers on your PC, you might consider using a tool like driver updater. This software is designed to scan your system and suggest updates where available.

2. Tweak the Power and Sleep Settings of Your PC

Microsoft suggests that tweaking the display settings of your computer will help prevent your laptop from shutting down after the lid has been closed. The display settings control the sleep and wake behavior of your laptop, and they can be accessed by typing “power and sleep settings” on the Windows search box.

One way to solve the “sleep mode closes all apps on Windows 10/11” issue of your computer is to go to the Sleep settings, scroll through the options, and choose Never. With this setting, your computer will never go to sleep even after closing the lid. This will, of course, drain your battery.

Alternatively, you can set the sleep option to a few hours (5 hours maximum), or several minutes depending on your preferences.

The Screen settings will give you the most power to control the sleep and wakefulness states of your computer. If you set Screen settings to Never turn off, your laptop will never sleep. And just as with the Sleep settings, you can choose to have the screen shut off after a few minutes or hours.

The above-described settings and procedures are general and apply to both desktops and laptops. Those for laptops are a bit different because laptops have a lid and need to conserve power when on battery.

The following are the steps to take with a laptop:

  1. Into the Windows search box, type “power settings.”
  2. Under the Related settings section, click on Additional power settings.
  3. On the left side of the Power Options screen, click on the option that says Choose what closing the lid does.
  4. From here, you can select the behavior you’d like your computer to do after the lid has been closed. The drop-down menu has the following options: Do Nothing, Sleep, Hibernate, and Shutdown.

Make sure that your computer has the right settings. You would want to choose the Sleep option as opposed to Hibernate or Shutdown. But whatever option you choose, make sure to go back to the Sleep and Screen settings and adjust them accordingly to reflect the preferences you have made in the Related settings section.

Some Windows 10/11 users have found success in solving the “all apps close after computer wakes up from sleep” issue by enabling Hybrid Sleep. This sleep setting is a mix of the Hibernate and Sleep options that utilizes the benefits of both of these modes.

It is a very robust setting because, in this mode, the operating system is still able to access both the RAM and the hard drives. In other words, it prevents a complete shutdown of the PC and the subsequent loss of data.

To enable the Hybrid Sleep option on your laptop, take the following steps:

  1. Type “control panel” into the Windows search box.
  2. On the Control Panel app, click Power options.
  3. You will see the power plan that you are currently on, choose Change plan settings.
  4. On the Change plan settings window, click on Change advanced power settings.
  5. Under the Sleep category, choose Allow hybrid sleep. Modify the options as you see fit.

Wrapping Up

The Power and Sleep settings govern the sleep and wakefulness states of your computer. If these are correctly set, then your laptop won’t go to sleep unexpectedly. Also, a misconfigured, corrupt, or out of date display driver might be to blame for your computer shutting down when you expect it to sleep. Updating your drivers might help solve the problem.


Please note that the information, software, and solutions provided in this article are intended for general informational purposes and may not be applicable or suitable for all users. Each user’s system configuration, software, and issues can be unique, and what works well for one person might not work for another. Always back up your data before making significant changes and seek professional advice if you’re not confident in handling it yourself. Furthermore, while the software mentioned has generally been well-received, your experience may vary, and we cannot guarantee its effectiveness in your specific situation. 

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Wayne Styles
1 year ago

My PC keeps shutting down a majorly important Excel file I use to record ALL my blood sugars – I am diabetic. This feels invasive, I don’t get asked – I don’t want updates. In an ideal world, I would be back to my old PC on Windows 7 – no issues. This PC has many issues, and I picked the options for no updates YET the PC ignores these and does it without a banner asking. How can I stop updates and forced closure of programs during sleep mode ? New technology makes me yearn for the older stuff, so invasive.

1 year ago

“One way to solve the “sleep mode closes all apps on Windows 10/11” issue of your computer is to go to the Sleep settings, scroll through the options, and choose Never. With this setting, your computer will never go to sleep even after closing the lid.”

How is this solving the issue?

“Yeah if it doesn’t work just don’t use it.”

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